So this is going to be a strange weekend for a lot of us at my home church of Connexus. No church services. At least no church that we’re leading or directly involved in. It’s the only weekend Connexus has off, but let me ask you, how will you spend it?
I’ve been thinking about how I’ll spend it. I’ll be stuck on a plane. I’m speaking at a conference in Vancouver on Saturday and fly out at…yikes…6:30 Sunday morning. I’m so grateful for the clocks rolling back an hour…. I don’t get back to Toronto until 4:30 that afternoon. I’ll be fortunate to make it for my niece’s baptism (really hope I can make it, Mandy) Sunday night.
But this whole thing made me think about how we engage God. I find it too easy to duck God. To fill up too much of my time in busy-ness for Him instead of direct engagement with Him. I’ve got no stats, but my guess is that many Christians spend more time reading Christian books than they spend reading the Bible. More time thinking about God than praying to Him. Engaging Him. I think I’m guilty.
What if we just deeply engaged God this weekend? Sometimes I think we can use church as a substitute for truly engaging God. We go to listen, but not to be changed. Rating the preacher over lunch becomes the highlight, instead of actually engaging how the Word is speaking directly into your life at any moment.
Even if you do go to church (and I hope you do), what if you tried to engage God? What if we all did that next time we’re in church? What if we really opened our hearts and letting Him speak to us? What if we stopped judging the music as though we had to text in some rating about whether we liked it or not, and instead, worshiped God and prayed for the people around us who were engaging Him for the first time? What if stopped evaluating the preacher and just listened — for God? What if we pray before we went to church, asking God to speak deeply into our lives? Prayed while were at church? Prayed after? What would happen?
Man, I find being quiet with God a hard thing to do. Because then I need to face Him. And I need to see myself for who I truly am.
Can you do that this weekend? Can I?